TASK: Squad crossing a linear danger area CONDITION: Given man-made linear danger areas i.e.

enemy obstacles, roads, trails, and railroad track and natural linear danger areas i.e. streams, creeks, and erosion ditches STANDARD: The unit prevents the enemy from surprising the main body, all personnel and equipment cross the danger area, and the unit prevents decisive engagement by the enemy

References:
FM 3-21.8 The Infantry Rifle Platoon and Squad pg. 3-34 Ranger Handbook 4-9

CROSSING A LINEAR DANGER AREA
FARSIDE

FSRP

E N E M Y C O N T A C T

A Tm

HQ

B Tm

1. DESIGNATE NEAR & FAR SIDE RALLY POINTS 2. EMPLACE NEAR SIDE SECURITY 3. CLEAR FAR SIDE 4. CONTINUE UNIT CROSSING 5. RETRIEVE NEAR SIDE SECURITY & COMPLETE UNIT CROSSING 6. ACCOUNTABILITY/ HEADCOUNT

NEAR SIDE

NSRP

Battle Drill Definition
A Battle Drill is a collective action executed without applying a deliberate decision making process

Infantry battle drills describe how platoons and squads apply fire and maneuver to commonly encountered situations.

Characteristics of Battle Drill
• • • • Minimize amount of verbal noise Standard throughout the Army Sequential actions Trained responses to enemy actions or leader’s orders

• Train all soldiers to give “go where, do what” orders

2 Types of LDA’s
There are two types of LDA'S: known and unknown. • A known LDA is one that is depicted on the map and that you plan on crossing either going to or coming from the objective. • An unknown linear danger area is one that is not depicted on the map and that your patrol comes upon unexpectedly. For unknown linear danger areas, your crossing point is where your direction of travel crosses the linear danger area; it must be a suitable crossing point. If not maneuver around to a better site.

Active & Inactive LDA’s
Known and unknown linear danger areas are either going to be active or inactive. 1.An active linear danger area is one with signs of enemy presence or use, such as footprints or tracks from a vehicle. 2.An inactive linear danger area has no such signs. An inactive linear danger area does not warrant clearing

Hand & Arm Signals
• • • • • • Linear Danger Area Near Side Security Far Side Security Rally Point Headcount Scroll the Road

Actions at LDA
Lead team signals LD. The squad takes a short halt posture- getting on a knee, behind cover concealment, with your rucksack on your back, weapon at the ready, and pulling security in your sector. The SL comes forwarded, confirms, assesses, and determines the technique

Actions at LDA
Step 1: Designate Near & Far Side Rally Point -Hand Arm Signals When determining the near and far side rally points, you will look for the five characteristics of a good rally point. *Off natural lines of drift, *Provide good cover and concealment from both ground and air *Away from high-speed avenues of approach *Of little or no tactical value to the enemy *Easily defendable for a short period of time.

Actions at LDA
Step 2: Emplace Near Side Security

Actions at LDA
Step 3: Clear Far Side -Clover Recon -Heart Recon -Box Recon

Actions at LDA
Step 4: Continue Unit Crossing

Actions at LDA
Step 5: Retrieve near side security and complete crossing

Actions at LDA
Step 6 Accountability -Headcount Hand Arm Signal

CROSSING A LINEAR DANGER AREA
FARSIDE

FSRP

E N E M Y C O N T A C T

A Tm

HQ

B Tm

1. DESIGNATE NEAR & FAR SIDE RALLY POINTS 2. EMPLACE NEAR SIDE SECURITY 3. CLEAR FAR SIDE 4. CONTINUE UNIT CROSSING 5. RETRIEVE NEAR SIDE SECURITY & COMPLETE UNIT CROSSING 6. ACCOUNTABILITY/ HEADCOUNT

NEAR SIDE

NSRP

Contour vs Detour Method of Small Open Area

CROSSING A SMALL OPEN AREA
FSRP
300M ON AZIMUTH

2 MAT 00

E N E M Y C O N T A C T
CONTOUR
GOOD VISIBILITY IDENTIFIABLE TF FAR SIDE ESTIMATE PACE TO FAR SIDE

90

X

90

OPEN AREA

DETOUR BY-PASS
LIMITED VISIBILITY NO TF SERIES OF 90 DEGREE TURNS

90 90
O

300M ON BACK AZIMUTH

S NSRP

CROSSING A LINEAR DANGER AREA
FARSIDE

FSRP

E N E M Y C O N T A C T

A Tm

HQ

B Tm

1. DESIGNATE NEAR & FAR SIDE RALLY POINTS 2. EMPLACE NEAR SIDE SECURITY 3. CLEAR FAR SIDE 4. CONTINUE UNIT CROSSING 5. RETRIEVE NEAR SIDE SECURITY & COMPLETE UNIT CROSSING 6. ACCOUNTABILITY/ HEADCOUNT

NEAR SIDE

NSRP

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